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15 May 13
Played by: Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tulioxi
Review: Mooqee's label Bombstrikes is doing all right for itself. So much so in fact that they've reached that milestone - a label's first compilation album. Here Mooqee has selected 25 sizzling bangers new and old that do it for him, and hopefully will do it for you too. Highlights include the compressed electro steamroller that is "Back To School", the crunch synth funky freakout of "Come On Bounce" and the devastating bass that's eaten all the pies of "Let's Do It Right Now". Heavy!
03 May 13
Played by: DJ Stex, Chudy, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Badboe, DJ Axe, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove
Review: Flip the switch and get with the program: evergreen party purveyors Breakbeat Paradise have commissioned a whole bunch of reversions and each one is an instant booty-buster. Highlights abound throughout this raucous bass-bizzled nu-funk adventure but only a twit wouldn't pack Badboe's rub of Kool Hertz En Vouge sampling sizzle-up "Whatta Joint", JiggyJoe's orchestral disco-strung halfstepper rub of Calagad 13's "Back To The Power" or Badboe's take on Rudd's Supremes-slicing "Shake It Out". Paradise found.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Miles Reverse, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this latest EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
08 May 13
09 May 13
Review: Big-assed bootleg business from the Actual Sounds crew... Big Bang Breaks revisits Public Enemy on "Bring Your Whistle" and Derrick May on "Swings Of Life". Meanwhile Funk You Very Much mixes up Randy Newman with Biggie Smalls on "Leaving Cali", gives The Doors a slap with glove of glitches on "Break The Doors" and gets jiggy on a two-step vibe with "Bop A Lot". Elsewhere we find Funky Wah Wah fusing Too Short's "Blow The Whistle" with a reggae version of Marvin Gaye on "Blow It Shorty". Hit 'em up... Then knock 'em down!
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22 Oct 12
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Take Your Time, Change Your Mind" (feat Alice Russell) - (6:45) 74 BPM
Played by: DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Barrio Jazz Gang, Mr Doris, Double Yellow, Superpendejos
Review: Tru Thoughts have been around since the late 90s, championing all things modern with a soul, jazz and funk edge. Now their A&R dude Robert Luis has decided to compile their best disco-style releases, and why not? The Quantic Soul Orchestra's "Pushin On" is cinematic foot music built around an infectious loop, Zed Bias revisits 1980s Minneapolis with the help of Toddla T on the downright nasty groove of "Koolade", Bonobo remixes Nostalgia 77's "Quiet Dawn" in a downtempo jazzy style, Hint's "Aliens Enter" is as close you can get to 80s synth-soul without a time machine and Natural Self's "In The Morning" is a killer, off kilter jazz-meets-funk-and-dubby-house oddity.
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08 Apr 13
Played by: Smutlee, DJ Cable, Juno Recommends Electro House, Winter, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: 2013's trap attack continues unabated and the mysterious UZ is leading from the front. "Trap Shit V12" takes a series of warm, belly-punching 808 bleeps and bruises while processing the well-known "I Know You're Going To Dig This" vocal beyond recognition, while "Trap Shit V13" strips the vibe even further back into the ghetto thanks to some menacing counter melodies and throat-slicing snare rolls. Meanwhile in remix territory we're bombarded with a cavalcade of genres; Audionite takes us into peaktime techno territories, Justin Martin massages the perfect dosage of funk into the mix while Clicks & Whistles remind us where trap came from in the first place. No shit here; just raw, undiluted 808 science.
29 Apr 13
Review: A special dedication to his formative days praying at the good church of hip-hop, cutting and pasting in Sunday school, Venice Beach member Moar gets down and does the caterpillar. An eclectic ensemble of loops and compositions, this lick shots from Senor Coconut to Bambaataa and back again with its frenetic arrangement of swinging drums, cheeky samples and crafty editing. Highlights include the bongo and fuzz box fusion of "2 vs 2" and low-swung bass shuffle and swing of "Bump On". Moar please!
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21 Jan 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, The Funk Hunters, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tosses & Varvez, Double Yellow, Miles Reverse
Review: Those searching for formidable, funk-fuelled party fodder should be well aware of the Riddim Fruit label, one of the more reliable sources of mash-up madness. This EP from The Allergies - complete with heavy beats, scratches, borrowed rap vocals and funk breaks aplenty - should cause carnage in those clubs that still rock the breakbeat vibe. Lead cut "Heartbreaker" sets the tone by revisiting a little known funk stomper, while "Club Spillage" fuses bottom-heavy boom-bap beats with quality raps and slick Hammond organ licks. "Seven Days" spices up a string-laden funk-soul jam with some weighty breakbeat pressure, while "Ever Live" slows the tempo for some sweet soul-hop bumpiness. Predictably solid.
20 May 13
21 Feb 13
Review: Midlands funk peddler Totalcult isn't one for looking on the past with rose-tinted glasses (boom, tish). Instead he likes to take the vibes of grooves past and weld them to sturdy modern production techniques. This album is full of vintage flavours married to tough beats, deep bass and a fair share of rapping to boot, as evidenced on the breaky "Tica Tok Rocker", the bouncey "Bob Ya Head" and the splendidly-titled "Undisputed Banger".
01 Apr 13
Played by: Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funky House, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Turntill, Warson, Essex Groove, Bialson Hajsy
Review: A fine foursome of funklets right here! Morlack gives Ghostface Killah the sexiest disco-funk reversion possible, Jayl Funk gets all Latino on our asses, Warson continues his jack attack with a classic Human Nature vocal, and Azzar completes the set with a flashback to the 90s thanks to a neat, not to mention clever, blend of a Tag Team classic. Non stop party vibes!
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21 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, B.visible, Ellboss, Badboe, Hammond Classics, Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez, Mr Doris
Review: It's more than ten years since the phenomenon of the bootleg mash-up became 'a thing' thanks to the likes of Richard X and yet people still come up with fresh interpretations of the genre. People like Booty Fruits, who have now reached number five in their ongoing series of booty compilations. We get four sizzling tracks here including the cut and scratch ragga-hop of "The Dopest", and 'Minnie', which sees Lone Drum following in Jean Jacques Smoothie's famous footsteps by utilizing Minnie Ripperton's "Inside My Love".
11 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Ragga Scum, Pier, Run Tingz Cru
Review: Jamaican-born Brummie David Boomah has one of the smoothest voices in the game at the moment. "Pure Intentions" features the flawless flows of Harry Shotta; it's a strong but beautifully lucid love song with a heart of pure gold R&B. DJ Chap's remix follows the title track, instantly switching the focus from doting melodies to dark drum and bass rhythms. A totally different spin on the original, it shows how versatile both Shotta and Boomah's vocals really are. Thirdly, DJ Chap goes in once again, this time with a deep remix of "Pure Intentions", bringing out the hidden depths of the track with huge bass and skittish D&B percussion. The final track is Aeries' remix of "Sound Ago Dead", a release that has been threatening to drop for over a year now. Tweaked junglist stylings with a clean crisp drum and bass edge, it's got everything it needs to take dancefloors by storm. David Boomah continues his takeover.
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Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
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10 May 13
Review: At last DJ Day and Miles Bonny's 2009 EP of Raphael Saadiq covers, "Instant Saadiq', is available in digital form. Featuring two tunes, this sees the collaborators pay homage to the RnB veteran in a way that still sounds fresh four years later. "Still Miles" is smooth and romantic with a smooth vocal and particularly squelchy synth, the same one which later duels with a trippy trumpet on the floaty "What's Life Like".
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Played by: Numa Crew
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